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Local gun safe manufacturer says business is strong, due to the surge in gun sales

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WATERLOO, Iowa (KWWL) - The year 2020 has been a 'struggle,' but that's not the case for the gun business.

During the pandemic, there has been a national rise in gun sales, and the co-owner of Zanotti Armor, Mike Kuebler, said it has financially benefitted their business.

"When gun sales are strong, we tend to follow that pattern," Kuebler said.

Being a manufacturer and distributor of gun safes, Kuebler told "KWWL" their business quote 'trails' behind weapon sales. Selling their product from the Cedar Valley, to as far as California, Kuebler said he has seen up to a 50% increase in sales, within the past two months.

"I've heard there's a shortage of ammunition, there's a shortage of guns," Kuebler said, "everything is strong like that and we are definitely feeling the effect of that."

On top of folks trying to find something to do during the pandemic, Kuebler told "KWWL" he believes the current social climate has swayed the surge in sales. He also said when people start to feel insecure, they do something about it.

"When I see the unrest in some of these communities with the police... people tend to gravitate back to wanting to feel secure in one form or another," Kuebler said.

Zanotti Armor's backlog goes as far as twelve weeks. With the direction the business is going, Kubeler and his partners feel comfortable enough to invest in expanding their warehouse, up to 60%.

Considering the pandemic hasn't had the same effect on most businesses, Kuebler said he's blessed to say Zanotti Armor will come out of this stronger than ever.

For more on Zanotti Armor, click here.

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Alaina Kwan

Morning Reporter

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